Sunday, December 7, 2008

The Coming of a King

If Jesus entered today's world as a human, we would think He (this wacky person that must be on drugs) was nuts; along with anyone who believed it was Him. Really. Think about it. The story of the coming King in the Bible IS nuts. To us humans, it really doesn't add up. It doesn't seem just, or even close to the entrance that should have taken place for this One.

We've had 2000 years to learn, ponder and fight about the story that changed the world. Generations have come and gone since this moment-in-time actually occured. Do you ever really think of how you would react if you were alive at that time? Think of the most unlikely location, person and way the Creator of the universe would choose to enter the world of 2008; then imagine truly believing it. You would be considered looney.

It's not hard. Just think of the times you've heard people claim to be any form of God, and what exactly did you think of them? Insane? Completely wacked? In need of a padded room?

Before the actual Jesus came to earth, people felt this same way, and plenty felt that way when He actually came - when He came in that way that still doesn't make sense. That way that could not have proved more humbling. A manger! A 14-year-old girl! Are you kidding me?!?

The story goes as such, from Matthew 1:18-25. Read it like you're reading it for the first time. Don't let the familiarity (if it is) of the story blind you from what is happening here. This story changed the course of human history, in a way that nothing else has except the death of this man we call Jesus.....

"Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, 'Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.' All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: 'Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel.' (which means, God with us). When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus."

When you see and experience the grace this Man brought to earth, when you see the Love that he continues to bring, when you see the second chances He offers, when you know it in your heart that you are simply not worthy of any of it, the story makes all the sense in the world.

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